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YouTube can terminate user account’s access if it’s not ‘commercially viable’

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Google’s YouTube last week started sending out emails to users to notify about the upcoming changes to its terms of service. Set to come into effect on December 10, YouTube’s new terms of service has already sparked controversy as it says it can terminate user account’s access if it deems the account is “no longer commercially viable.”

“YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable,” says YouTube on its new Terms of Service page.

YouTube says the changes are aimed at improving readability and transparency. The update brings better alignment between Terms and how the video-sharing platform works today, added YouTube in its email. The summary sent over the email has no mention of the controversial “commercially viable” clause.

Content creators, confusion

Content creators, as expected, aren’t very happy with the changes. Moreover, the wordings of the terms of service have also left users confused as it covers all users not necessarily the content creators only, pointed out Mashable.

YouTube is updating their Terms of Service on 10 December, 2019. It presents an awful possibility for the future of creators on the platform. It seems they will be able to terminate your channel if it’s “no longer commercially viable.”https://t.co/UrVpXmq4k5 pic.twitter.com/aHIV3XbsRN

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